Today is Blog Action Day, and the focus is on Water. Since almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water, it’s safe to say that this needs to be a priority.
One of the topics I write about (usually on www.freelanceswitch.com) is freelancing, and I started thinking about the ways that freelancing helps to contribute to water conservation. I know it’s not possible for everyone to switch over to freelancing, but if you really love this planet, it’s something you should consider.
So here are 5 ways that freelancing helps to save water:
- No commute – I wake up each morning, take the dog for a walk, and then sit down at the computer and start work. No driving means no wasted fuel, no increase in carbon emissions, and no parking problems.
- No showering – OK, maybe don’t give up showering completely, but since my clients don’t need to see me (and in truth, many would likely pay extra not to see me) I don’t need to shower every day. And even if I do shower, I don’t need to shave every day. I’m not suggesting that you give up personal hygiene altogether, but I’d say that my water consumption in this area has certainly decreased.
- Less Laundry – I may not be painting a pretty picture for freelancers, but I doubt that I am alone in the fact that my wardrobe needs have changed significantly from my days of working in an office. Less clothes mean less laundry, which means less water required
- Less Flushing – OK, this might sound bad, but just think of the movie Meet the Fokkers. Dustin Hoffman has a great saying for water conservation – “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” This might not be a good policy in an office, but if you drink as much coffee as I do, you could be looking at saving 6L of water per trip, and that adds up to some hefty savings over the course of the week.
- No bottles – I used to drink a bottle or three of water every day when I was working in an office. Usually one on the way in, one on my lunch, and at least one on the way home. Now that I am working at home, I have no need for the plastic bottles. The dog isn’t as happy about this, as she really loved playing with them – but I think she prefers the fact that I am home with her all day now.
So now just find a way to convince your boss to let you start working from home, or – leave the corporate environment altogether and start building your own business. You will enjoy it more, you will be making a difference, and you will be amazed at how quickly you get adjusted to the lifestyle.
Now excuse me please – I’ve got some deadlines to miss.